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Liberals Decry ‘Stolen Seat’ as Gorsuch Officially Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

Neil Gorsuch
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Liberals vented their frustration that Neil Gorsuch took a "stolen seat" on the Supreme Court from Merrick Garland when Gorsuch was officially sworn in Monday as the high court's newest justice.

Nominated by President Trump and confirmed on Friday, Gorsuch replaced the late Justice Antonin Scalia and is the youngest member of the Supreme Court.

Scalia died on February 13, 2016, and President Obama nominated Garland to take his place. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) led Senate Republicans in holding the seat open until after the 2016 election.

The strategy paid off when Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton, allowing him to nominate Gorsuch instead.

Liberals took to Twitter to share their anger about the "stolen seat."

Talking Points Memo editor and porn enthusiast Josh Marshall called the "theft complete," as Gorsuch was being sworn in.

Liberal billionaire and environmentalist Tom Steyer called Gorsuch's confirmation a "power grab without precedent."

Other liberals tweeted out similar grievances.

The official Twitter account for the MSNBC show "AM Joy w/Joy Reid" called the vacancy a "stolen seat."

One Republican congressman became tired of the talk about anything being "stolen." Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R., Ill.) said enough with the "tired and false" talking point.